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Covid-19 relief: £¼m assistance for charities

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A QUARTER of a million pounds has been made available by a foundation to help local charities deliver COVID-19 relief.

Katie Le Quesne (27846425)

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands has agreed a package of measures designed to help charities in Jersey and Guernsey deliver their services during this time of unprecedented demand and challenges.

Charities can immediately apply for grants from a pot of £250,000, and the money will be ready to be used by those who are successful within one or two weeks.

The foundation has also relaxed its rules for applications so that more charities will be eligible for help.

Katie Le Quesne, Channel Islands chairman for the Lloyds Bank Foundation, said: ‘We are committed to helping those in greatest need. Releasing new funds and altering our application process will help ensure urgent monies can be released to eligible small and large local charities at short notice.

‘We are also working with other funding bodies on the islands to provide a co-ordinated response at this critical time. We are ready and able to support the governments of Jersey and Guernsey to ensure charitable packages are deployed to those in most need in the most efficient and effective way. As an independent, expert and long-established grant-maker, we are well placed to assess and process funding applications, and we offer our services to our islands’ communities at this critical time.’

Charities can apply straight away for the 2020 funding pot, which would normally have different deadlines, and if approved funding will be fast-tracked and available within one to two weeks.

The criteria for applications has been relaxed so that charities which have received three years’ of funding already from the organisation and would normally require a one-year break can reapply straight away.

And those which have already been given funding are being allowed flexibility in how they spend it, recognising that some activities have been paused, others increased significantly and new ways of delivering services and support implemented to cater for unprecedented demand.

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Meanwhile, at a meeting last week the foundation agreed normal grants to local charities totalling £257,980.

The Jersey organisations to be given funding in the latest round are:

  • Brightly, which received £24,368 towards the salary of a co-ordinator for one year.
  • Caritas Jersey, which received £22,000 towards the cost of a social inclusion team leader and project costs over one year.

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  • Grace Trust Jersey, which was given £39,405 towards the salary of the general manager for a year.
  • Words and Numbers Matter Jersey, which received £37,275 towards the salary of a full-time member of staff for a year.

For more information about the COVID-19 funding or to discuss needs, charities should contact executive director Jo Le Poidevin on 01481 706360 or visit lloydsbankfoundationci.org.uk/Howtoapply.aspx.

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